Three days. Three conversations. Same message: How essential it is for each of us, to all of us, to keep pursuing our passions.
From the meeting with a new dance acquaintance, after my describing some of my recent dance adventures, her ardently urging me never to stop dancing. An urging couched in her palpable regret that she did stop, making “a huge mistake.”
From the conversation with an old colleague, the wistful lament of no longer dancing.
But I am not by any means pitching a message of feeding relentlessly the same passion or the same form of passion. No, we need to check in continuously to discern whether what has made us come alive still has that luminous power to do so.
So, when I had a heart to heart conversation with a dear friend, she didn’t even need to say the words that the fire in her dance passion is flickering while a new passion is blazing. Her body language said it all. Her drained, pained energy evidenced when she spoke about the former contrasted sharply with the electricity that crackled when talked about her new love, telling the whole story.
We light up when we chase our passion, think about it, speak of it, live it. We light the room up, too, inspiring those around us through our example. We illuminate their worlds through our aliveness and even aid them to expand their sense of what’s possible. We imbue the universe with the positive energy of our own vitality.
I know I’ve written about this pursuit of a passionate life many times before. It bears repeating–both because of the pricelessness of passion’s fuel and because of the need to compensate for the drain and destructiveness of negativity. You can probably think of a few examples of the latter.
So, if you’re still casting about for your new passion’s form or you’re hesitating or halting, I want to urge you to keep going, keep at it. For your own sake and all of ours: Shine the light, baby.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman